Until recently, the Pixel 8 Pro’s temperature sensor was nothing more than an attention-grabbing gimmick. Google has clarified that it can only be used to measure the temperature of objects and not people as it does not have the necessary FDA approvals. But now Google has announced that the smartphone can measure a person’s body temperature via the thermometer app.
The company calls this option a “medical feature,” indicating that it has been approved by the FDA. Pixel 8 Pro users can use their smartphone to scan their forehead to measure their body temperature. Measurements can be saved to your Fitbit profile to provide a “deeper understanding” of your health and well-being.
Current survey on the website Android Authority showed that Pixel 8 Pro users don’t use this feature to measure their temperature very often. Most readers of the site reported that they tried it a few times and then forgot about it. According to Android Authority, their experts previously tested the Pixel 8 Pro’s temperature sensor with an industrial thermometer and found that its readings fluctuated wildly and were inaccurate in most cases. Android Authority plans to further test the accuracy of the measurements with the Pixel 8 Pro, and rightly believes that if the sensor truly measures a person’s temperature correctly, people will use this feature more often.